La Velle E. Neal III has covered baseball for the Star Tribune since 1998 (the post-Knoblauch era). Born and raised in Chicago, he grew up following the White Sox and hating the Cubs. He attended both the University of Illinois and Illinois-Chicago and began his baseball writing career at the Kansas City Star. He can be heard occasionally on KFAN radio, lending his great baseball mind to Paul Allen and other hosts. Mark Rosen borrows him occasionally for WCCO-TV.

Phil Miller covered three seasons of Twins baseball, but that was at a different ballpark for a different newspaper. Now Miller returns to the baseball beat after joining the Star Tribune as the Gopher football writer in 2010, and he won't miss the dingy dome for a minute. In addition to the Twins and Gophers, Miller covered the Utah Jazz and the NBA for six years at The Salt Lake Tribune.

Twins: Clete Thomas out. Erik Komatsu in. Burroughs heads to Rochester

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: May 4, 2012 - 5:22 PM

The Twins continue making waves on the waiver wire in search of something to help their 6-18 team.

The Twins designated outfielder Clete Thomas for assignment on Friday and have claimed outfielder Erik Komatsu from the Cardinals. Komatsu, 24, was drafted by the Brewers in the eighth round in 2008. He was selected by the Cardinals last winter in the Rule 5 draft.

In 348 minor league games, Komatsu has a .302 batting average with 24 home runs and 166 RBI. His best season was 2010, when he went .323-5-63 with a .413 on base percentage while at High-A Brevard County. He can run and has played all three outfield positions, but never played above Class AA before joining the Cardinals.

In 15 games with the Cardinals, Komatsu batted .211 (4-for-19) with two walks and three runs scored.

Thomas was claimed off waivers from Detroit on April 14. In 12 games with the Twins, he batted .143 with one double, one home run, 4 RBI and 16 strikeouts. His lack of contact was glaring.

Sean Burroughs, by the way, cleared waivers and accepted his assignment to Class AAA Rochester.

Rene Tosoni recently returned to Rochester's lineup after recovering from a lacerated right finger. And Brian Dinkelman is still on the disabled list. If one of those two would have been healthy (and sharp), they probably would have been options for a call-up.

Instead, the Twins are riding the waves of the of the waiver wire in search of....something.

UPDATE: It doesn't appear that Komatsu will be here in time for the game. Which means their bench will be shorthanded.

And if Justin Morneau isn't ready to go because of his wrist, they really could be shorthanded.

UPDATE II: Trying to figure out what the record is for consecutive hitless innings by a team. Did some looking online and learned of a Dodgers-Astros series in 1981 in which the Dodge ran into Nolan Ryan and Don Sutton and were hitless for 16.2 innings. Feel free to chime in if you know of any other long hitless streaks.





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